Archive for April, 2012

Apr 20, 2012

Wildlife Refuge Hero Near the End of Her Life

The Peninsula Daily News in Washington state reports that wildlife refuge advocate Eleanor Stopps — who along with Zella Schultz was instrumental in the creation of Protection Island National Wildlife Refuge — has been moved to a care facility as she loses her battle with pancreatic cancer. Approximately 70 percent of the nesting seabird population […]

Apr 20, 2012

Tornadoes Hit Quivira NWR; Eaglets Possibly Lost

The Wichita Eagle reports that two tornadoes hit Quivira National Wildlife Refuge in Kansas. The tornadoes created paths up to a half-mile wide through the refuge. The refuge staff report that many roads are blocked on the 22,000-acre refuge due to fallen trees and power lines. It also appears that the only bald eagle nest […]

Apr 19, 2012

USFWS Rolling Out New Refuge System Website Template

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is slowly rolling out their new website template for the National Wildlife Refuge System websites. The new “look and feel” offers an attractive new design that provides a consistent online look for the many refuges in the System. The new template also makes better use of multimedia and social […]

Apr 19, 2012

Okefenokee NWR Fire Out After One Year

Savannah Now reports that the Honey Prairie Fire, which was ignited by lightning on April 28, 2011, and burned about 483 square miles at Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge, is finally out. It was the largest fire in the refuge’s 75-year history. The fire did not cause any serious injuries or deaths, but rebuilding still remains […]

Apr 16, 2012

Water Shortage at Lower Klamath NWR Kills over 10,000 Birds

The Chattanoogan reports that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service says over 10,000 birds have died at Lower Klamath National Wildlife Refuge in California/Oregon, and the death toll may be closer to 20,000 birds. Due to drought conditions, the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation hasn’t allowed water into the refuge since December, and the refuge may […]